Friday, July 13, 2012

The Vineyard Sound

The Vineyard Sound, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard



“The English gentleman... does not like short-sleeved shirts (preferring to roll up the sleeves of an ordinary shirt when it is hot).”

- Paul Keers*,  A Gentleman's Wardrobe




Paul Keers' current writing, very British and witty as always, is on wine, and can be found on his The Sediment Blog, located at www.sedimentblog.com.  As he described it:
The "PK" persona is really a way of allowing me to be a slightly different "character". As with my fellow author, CJ, I don't think either of us are quite as angry/ignorant/alcohol-dependent in real life as we appear in our Sediment personae!

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25 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am in full agreement with Mr. Keers. For whatever reason, I can't bring myself to buy a short-sleeved Oxford shirt. Perhaps if I worked at NASA in the 60's, I'd be able to...

Farrah said...

Neat picture although men wearing flip flops are kind of gross.

binker said...

LOVE them (just listened to a Beatles rendition they did on youtube)! They remind me of boarding school and the Brown Derbies.

I honestly didn't know that they made Oxford shirts in short-sleeved. I used to steal my Dad's oxford shirts and wear them to the beach as a cover-up (with the sleeves rolled up) ...and I am a female. Maybe it was the tomboy in me(?).

Anonymous said...

I'm in agreement with Farrah. The only place men should wear flip flops is the shower/locker-room of the gym/club. Sandals yes, flip flops no.

Anonymous said...

...but not wear flip flops.

Susan R said...

I love everything about this photo. Love the shorts, love the shirt, love the ties, love it all.
I rarely see short sleeved dress shirts anymore.
Anonymous 9:36: Too funny. My husband worked for NASA and would assist with launches at the Cape and he would wear short sleeved oxfords. I think he wore a pocket protector too. All of that was before he met me. I've set him on the right path now.

HHH said...

My nephew is singing with them this summer!

HHH said...

@Farrah: Men wearing flip flops is kind of gross (not are kind of gross). It is the act of wearing flip flops that is gross.

HHH said...

P.S. They are outfitted by Vineyard Vines and have no choice in what they wear.

John said...

So true! Short-sleeved oxfords are verboten here. I get the most quizzical looks sometimes when I mention the long-sleeved model as a summer staple. "Don't you get hot?," people ask. Of course not, because it adapts to conditions. Conversely, while everyone else is packing "summer" things away in the fall, my oxfords and polos stay out, for layering under sweaters. It's called versatility!

sailormadras said...

nice pic , flip flops nasty , I always wore long sleeve oxfords year round in my youth in Ct and through college in N.H.
Too hot here in fl. I wear J. Press S.S. try living here in the summer ! your fashion take a different road....
Thankfully the Tartan Terrier is moving back to Ct. in the early fall!

Paul Connors said...

VV creates a nice look, but I have to add that I find the prices for MOST of their men's clothes which are almost ALL Made in CHINA to be unwarranted. I do not believe the quality is as good as other manufacturers/merchants, with the possible exception of the ties. When their polo shirts cost on average MORE than those found at Brook Bros, then you know something is amiss.

Also, I shopped recently at the VV Short Hills, NJ mall store and they do NOT take checks and I did NOT find this out until AFTER I had written one; the young sales clerk said nothing until the manager told me they didn't take checks. Quite annoying to say the least.

I believe VV creates a nice preppy image and in some cases they've taken the product offerings to what I consider dopey extremes, but by and large, I find the quality to be far less than their prices command and I think, that in the end, they are already selling the "image" rather than the substance of preppy, which as we all know means high quality clothing that will last a long time. I do not believe VV clothing will meet that test, let alone pass it in over time.

I'll continue to shop at Brooks Bros. in the same mall, where I have for years, where the staff knows me and where the same staff really knows their product line(s).

Paul Connors

Chris from New Hampshire said...

I agree with Paul Connors and earlier Muffy posts. Vineyard Vines has gone from start-up to crass, shameless cash grab in record time. On those few times I have heard founders Shep and Ian being interviewed, I have wanted to take a shower afterwards. Anyone stupid enough to buy from Vineyard Vines deserves the flimsy products they produce.

Miss M said...

Flip flops and a tie? Ick.

binker said...

speaking of clothing, Muffy, did you know Best & Co is coming back?!? It is the real deal. The one that started in the 1800's.

http://www.bestandcompany.com/

Anonymous said...

"He who pays the piper calls the tune." If Vineyard Vines is sponsoring these free concerts, don't expect to see topsiders until VV starts selling their (read that: stolen designs, made in China, overpriced, heavily marketed, with their logo) version of topsiders.

Tabitha said...

My husband just read that quote and said " yes absolutely, there is something not right about a short sleeved shirt"

Anonymous said...

Dear Muffy:

While I categorically reject short sleeves...I admit to wearing my " Great minds like a think t-shirt"
( provided gratis by the nice folks at The Economist )around my neighborhood when the temperature tops 95 degrees or so. I would otherwise venture into an area of formality surpassing my normal stolidity.

Thanks,

w.g.

Paul Connors said...

@Muffy: Think responsibly from The Economist? Do they say that with a hint of irony? I've read a few too many of their editorials that lean more toward Marx than Ludwig Von Mises.

Paul Connors said...

@ Chris in NH: I guess my comment was a tad long winded, but you said it as clearly as can be.

VV has gone from a great idea to a crass money grab in record time. I found it rather sad actually that their store is located just one store away from the Brooks Bros. store in the Short Hills mall. When I do venture inside, it seems more often than not to be empty and when they do have sales, there really isn't much on offer. I have sneaky feeling that VV will be a passing fad and that Shep and Ian will cash out in the near future after they sell the company. Who knows, they may even go the way of the original Banana Republic, which started out with a unique concept of selling expedition type clothing and now, are nothing more than a middling mainstream retailer.

VV will get only so much mileage out of "life is a beach" before people realize that what they offer are overpriced but very poor quality garments.

Paul Connors

Paul Connors said...

@ Anonymous:

Why should VV be any different than any other merchant that steals existing designs? After all, Top-Siders have been copied by just about everyone now any way. And Sperry contracts out the manufacturing to China, too - just like every other shareholder owned business that maximizes shareholder profit while putting the former American workers who made these shoes out of work.

G.H. Bass and Co. makes WEEJUNS in El Salvador and in fact, the Brooks Bros. penny loafer that sells for $198 per pair are made there as well. I wouldn't be surprised if the BB loafers aren't made in the same factory.

If you want good American shoes, you'll need to deal with ALDEN SHOES or ALLEN EDMONDS. Even Johnston & Murphy sells mostly imports with perhaps one or two of their highest end shoes made here in the USA.

I've been shopping at Brooks Bros. since my Dad gave me my first charge card there at age 12 (before BB was sold over and over and before GE CREDIT BANK took over their cards as they have with so many other department stores) and the prices of their shoes have skyrocketed over the last several years.

In many ways, BB has gone back to being a really high end clothier while at the same time having a decided mix of very good quality clothing along with items that are as cheaply made and of dubious origin as much of the junk found elsewhere. As with any other merchant, one needs to know what one wants, where to find and where NOT to buy it.

Paul Connors

Patsy said...

HHH, kudos to your nephew for being a part of this terrific program!

I hope he has a magical summer, despite being forced to wear gross flip flops donated by horrible retailers........

BlueTrain said...

I am somewhat relieved not to be held to the standards of English gentlemen, being neither English nor a gentleman. I also do not care for polo shirts under any circumstances or t-shirts that show at the neck of an open collar shirt.

Anonymous said...

Great outfits, love the look of long-sleeved Oxfords with shorts and the tie, or better yet - bow-tie! Unfortunately for the flip flops, they need to go. Loafers or Sperrys would look awesome. --Holly in PA

Taylor said...

@HHH May I ask which singer was your nephew? I'm a big fan :)